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Description - Comedy Fantasy and Colonialism by Graeme Harper

This work assesses the role and character of comedy and fantasy in colonial societies from India to Ireland, Australia to Cuba, Africa to North America. It deals with both oral and written traditions, the history of comic and fantastic discourse, visual, theatrical and literary representations. This title answers such questions as "What are the differing traditions of comic discourse in Western and non-Western societies?", "How is humour and fantasy culture specific?", "In what ways do local traditions of humour and fantasy adapt to imperial invasion?", "How have colonisers used humour to deal with unfamiliar and sometimes hostile conditions?" and "What is the relationship between the fantastic, the parodic and the satirical in the create of a sense of national character?".

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780826449191
ISBN-10: 0826449190
Format: Paperback
(156mm x 234mm x 13mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 4-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Graeme Harper

Graeme Harper is Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the National Institute for Excellence in the Creative Industries at Bangor University, UK. He is Editor of New Writing: the International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing. His most recent novels are Moon Dance (Parlor, 2008) and Small Maps of the World (Parlor, 2006). His previous book for Continuum was Teaching Creative Writing (Continuum, 2006).

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